Linton ’The Swarm’ Vassell
Fighting Out Of: Milton Keyes, England
Key Wins: Liam McGeary, Francis Carmont, Emanuel Newton
Last Fight: November 3, 2017 at Bellator 186 – Against Ryan Bader
Next Fight: May 25, 2018 at Bellator 200 – Against Phil Davis
Linton Vassell is one of the best Light-Heavyweights in the world and is currently a top-five contender in Bellator. He made his Professional debut on September 13, 2008, and has gone on to build an impressive 18-6 record – finishing fourteen of his eighteen wins.
At 6’4 with an 82inch reach, Vassell is one of the larger fighters in his division. Although he uses his reach well, Linton does the majority of his best work on the ground. Once he is able to get his opponents to the mat, his greatest attribute and preferred path to victory is his methodical top game. Vassell uses his length exceptionally well in grappling exchanges and will always be successful if he is able to control his opponent.
When he is at his best, Linton Vassell is a difficult matchup for any Light-Heavyweight in the world. His fights may not always be exciting back and forth battles but he will never cease to be an intriguing fighter to watch for any knowledgeable fan.
What was the fight or moment in particular that let you know you could do this at a high level?
“It was once I won my first big title on UCMMA, against a top 15 ranked fighter at the time. When I beat him I knew I wanted to do this full time”.
What separates you from the pack?
“I’m Unorthodox and make things work for me, it might not be pretty but it gets the job done”.
If you could give your 18 year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
“SAVE! I definitely would of saved a little bit more back then”.
Is there a technique that you feel is being criminally under used / trained in the sport today?
“Liver shot is a killer and a game changer”.
Who is someone that you have trained with that has ‘blown you away’ or impressed you consistently, more than anyone else?
“Roger Gracie blew me away with his grappling skills. He is something else”.
Who is someone that inspires you?
“Randy Couture & Royce Gracie, these were the guys that inspired me before I even thought of fighting”.
What is a book that you recommend everyone reads? If you aren’t a big reader insert documentary or podcast etc
“Anything by Gary Vaynarchuk”